NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The saga continues for seniors living outside Lakewood Plaza Senior apartments in Norfolk. Earlier this month, a pipe burst and made 71 apartments unlivable at the apartments.
Last week, management told residents the restoration would keep them out for a long period of time. Many of those seniors have been staying at the Candlewoods Suites, paid for by the apartment management. However, they were told this weekend they had to move once again.
“They were telling us they were moving us to the Candlewood Suites for two to six months,” Lakewood resident Sylvia Madison said.
But Saturday, Madison got a letter saying she had to move again. This time, they will move across the street to the In-Town Suites.
Irritation doesn’t begin to describe how Sylvia Madison feels about it.
“We’ve been here 10 days, you’re moving us. What the hell are you doing?!” Madison said.
Outrage boiled over for the seniors as this Monday turned into a moving day.
“If we don’t move over [to the In-Town Suites], we’ll be homeless,” resident Eddie Haskins said.
A woman who identified herself as a manager for Lakewood Plaza was there to help residents move. 10 On Your Side tried to speak to her about the relocation. She refused to explain why they had to move or any other questions we asked.
The manager did load up Eddie Haskins and helped move him. Sylvia Madison said she is not following them.
“I’m gonna stay here!” she said. “My papers say the 20th of November. OK?!”
10 On Your Side looked up the cost for weekly stays. We may have an idea of why the 30 residents have to move. The In-Town Suite price is $239 a week and the Candlewood Suites price is $644 a week. WAVY’s Matt Gregory asked Lakewood representatives if that was the case, but we never got an answer.